PRESS RELEASE — Tuesday, October 16, 2012
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OUTDOOR IDAHO’s 30th Anniversary SeasonOpens With “Climbing Idaho”

— Airs Thursday, October 18, at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT
—Repeats Sunday, October 21, at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT

OUTDOOR IDAHO climbs the wall to meet a hardy group of people, who scale sheer heights or wrestle with boulders for the fun of it, in the first episode of the series’ 30th anniversary season.

Featuring rock climbers around the state, “Climbing Idaho” premieres Thursday (October 18) at 8:00 p.m. MT/PT and repeats Sunday (October 21) at 7:00 p.m. MT/PT.

“Idaho is home to some world-class rock climbing and bouldering. It was a fun and challenging show to produce that took a lot of planning, patience, and physical endurance, especially for videographers Pat Metzler and Jay Krajic, who had to follow climbers up the rock,” says producer Sauni Symonds.

The raw material for the sport is found statewide. Enthusiasts bring the skills. They use ropes and harnesses or sometimes just their hands — all to conquer rock. Growing from a small group looking for the next challenging crag, the rock-climbing community is now large enough to support climbing gyms, clubs and advocacy groups.

Cameras follow climbers into southern Idaho’s City of Rocks, up the basalt cliffs near Boise, up boulders at Swan Falls on the Snake River, up Elephants Perch in the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and up Chimney Rock in the Selkirk Range in northern Idaho. The episode looks at the history of climbing in Idaho, the people who popularized the activity, and the language, equipment, strategies, techniques and physical requirements of the sport.

Brad Brooks, a veteran climber, says that a good rock climber “is not just physically strong. You have to be mentally strong as well.”

The show also airs additional times through Wednesday, October 25, on the Plus and World channels and is available after the Thursday premiere to stream online at idahoptv.org and on the PBS app for iOS devices.